House Speaker O’Neal to head Kansas Chamber

09/26/2012 2:51 PM

09/26/2012 2:52 PM

TOPEKA The Kansas Chamber of Commerce has hired retiring House Speaker Mike O’Neal as president and CEO.

O’Neal, a Hutchinson Republican, is leaving the House in January after 28 years when his current term ends. He announced in June he would not seek re-election.

O’Neal said Wednesday the Chamber of Commerce position is a natural fit with his own philosophies and interests. As president and CEO he will succeed Kent Beisner, who is staying with the chamber as chief operating officer.

O’Neal has served four years as House Speaker and was heavily involved in this year’s passage of income tax cuts. He plans to move to northeast Kansas.

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